Kristen Stewart - Young Blood

The Sunday Herald Features Kristen Stewart.

She’s still only 19, but twilight star Kristen Stewart is already taking Hollywood by storm – on her terms By Lauren Williams.

KRISTEN STEWART is America's latest teen screen idol. The star of passion-wracked vampire saga Twilight, she has the world at her feet. But as befits a young actress whose career is studded with misanthropic roles, Stewart can prove a prickly subject to interview.

"It's like when I got the Twilight job and I had a media training session," she says when I ask about her dislike of interviews. "I had been acting for eight years, and I thought, F*** you!' I was like, Do you think you are going to wrap up all my little insecurities and throw them out the window? I have been working for eight years. Do you think you are going to prep me to put soundbites in my mouth? Not going to happen '" She trails off as her passionate flurry subsides.
Many journalists find Stewart, 19, a difficult interviewee. In person she's incredibly articulate and sharp, and while she is far from enamoured with the interview process, she is bright and considered and answers each question carefully.

It's important to remember that she is still a teenager - albeit a very intelligent teenager who, quite possibly, stands as Hollywood's leading emerging female talent.

The likes of High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens and Harry Potter's Emma Watson might boast massive audience figures, but when it comes to marrying on-screen success with box office returns, Stewart is right at the top of the tree.

As the female lead in Twilight, the vampire saga drawn from the best-selling books of Stephenie Meyer, Stewart has already helped the franchise sink its fangs into $380 million at the box office, returning almost 10 times its production budget.

The second instalment in the series, New Moon, is already in the can and she started shooting the third movie in the series - Eclipse - last month.

"I'm incredibly proud of Twilight," she smiles, "and it is good that I can be part of something this big."

The franchise is held together by Stewart's character, Bella Swan, an intelligent and highly strung young woman who moves to be with her father in the Pacific Northwest, where she falls in love with a vampire. He's called Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson) and he's just about the most perfect creature on earth. After a painful bout of "will they/won't they?" in the first film they find love but the second movie sees them torn apart.
New Moon does not open until November, although Stewart will be back on the big screen this month.

She stars as Em in the bittersweet indie comedy Adventureland, written and shot by Greg Mottola, who directed The Daytrippers and Superbad. Despite a somewhat misguided marketing campaign and stunted box office performance in the US (with only $16m taken), Adventureland is a spry, imaginative and thoroughly engaging tale that flicks between light slapstick chuckles and darker, more poignant and soulful comedy.

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